Rapid Grants for Global and International Research


The UB Office of International Education (OIE) offers small research grants of up to $500 to support scholarly work and academic events on important global/international topics that require small funding within a short time. Funds can support the organization of academic programs (e.g., talks and workshops); research travel expenses; purchase and collection of data; proofreading, indexing, subvention or any other publication expenses; and research assistants. Grants do not provide funding for permanent equipment, software, conference travel, office supplies, or faculty or staff summer salary. The fund will be disbursed to the PI’s home department normally within two weeks of the application and is expected to be expended within two months after the disbursement of the fund. Priority will be given to those who have not received a rapid grant recently.


Any tenure-track (pre-tenure and tenured), clinical or research faculty who conduct research or creative work on important global/international topics are eligible to apply.

Application Materials

To apply for a rapid grant, please submit the following:

A completed application on the submission site, to include:

  • Project title                                                                              
  • Name, title, departmental affiliation, and contact information for the principal investigator.                                                
  • Project start and end dates
  • A research/project narrative of no more than 200 words
  • An itemized budget for the funding request, and a budget justification
  • A brief CV of the principal investigator (no longer than five pages)
  • If applicable, IRB approval or proof of IRB application
  • Disclosure of amount and source of other funds available to support this project
  • A signed form from the chair of the PI’s home department that indicates a commitment to administer the fund

Deadline and Submission

Applicants must submit all required documents as separate files (PDF or WORD) to the OIE submission site. Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline. 

You can apply via the form at:




Evaluation Procedure

Applications will be evaluated by a UB faculty committee convened by the OIE. Applicants will be notified of their funding decision normally within a week from the deadline.

Summary Report

The awardee is required to submit a summary report of no more than 500 words within a month of the conclusion of the project. The summary report should be submitted to the Office of International Education at OIEgrants@buffalo.edu. Failure to submit the summary report in time may make the awardee ineligible for future OIE grants.